Tripler, DOE, Queens team up for sake of keiki health

| September 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Senior leaders speak after a dedication ceremony of Wahiawa Elementary School’s new school-based behavioral health building, in Wahiawa, Aug. 22. Pictured, from left, are U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye; Col. J. Anson Smith, acting commander, PRMC; and chief of staff, TAMC; Kathryn Matayoshi, superintendent, DOE, State of Hawaii; and Arthur Ushijima, president and CEO, Queen’s Health Systems, and president, Queen’s Medical Center.

Senior leaders speak after a dedication ceremony of Wahiawa Elementary School’s new school-based behavioral health building, in Wahiawa, Aug. 22. Pictured, from left, are U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye; Col. J. Anson Smith, acting
commander, PRMC; and chief of staff, TAMC; Kathryn Matayoshi, superintendent, DOE, State of Hawaii; and Arthur Ushijima, president and CEO, Queen’s Health Systems, and president, Queen’s Medical Center.

Collaboration enables more behavioral health services for Hawaii’s schoolchildren

Story and photos by Stephanie Bryant,
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

WAHIAWA — Wahiawa Elementary School hosted a dedication ceremony of its new school-based behavioral health building, here, Aug. 22.

The building is made possible thanks to a partnership with Tripler Army Medical Center’s School Behavioral Health Team, the Hawaii State Department of Education and The Queen’s Medical Center to expand behavioral health services available for children in Hawaii.

This occasion is the first time in Army medicine history that a behavioral health partnership has gone outside the gate, and the collaboration among the agencies, which has been in practice since November 2011, is paving the way for future partnerships within the local community.

Col. J. Anson Smith, acting commander, Pacific Regional Medical Command, and chief of staff, TAMC, speaks during a dedication ceremony of Wahiawa Elementary School’s new school-based behavioral health building, in Wahiawa, Aug. 22.

Col. J. Anson Smith, acting commander, Pacific Regional Medical Command, and chief of staff, TAMC, speaks during a dedication ceremony of Wahiawa Elementary School’s new school-based behavioral health building, in Wahiawa, Aug. 22.

Col. J. Anson Smith, acting commander, Pacific Regional Medical Command, and chief of staff, TAMC, represented the Army medical center on behalf of its participation in the collaboration.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye attended as guest of honor and guest speaker for the dedication.

“In keeping with (Sen. Inouye’s) vision, we are celebrating the accomplishment of bringing together a community of people consisting of both military and local residents … leveraging the talents and resources of the community and of the Department of Defense,” Smith said. “This program will be something that will benefit all those who need its services.”

Wahiawa Elementary chose the name “Ike Pilialoha,” or “bonds of knowledge, friendship and love,” for the program. Ike Pilialoha focuses on improving and promoting the quality of life and wellness of both military and civilian families. Its mission is to provide intervention services in hope of preventing the need for higher levels of care.

The pilot program offers a comprehensive array of interdisciplinary school-based programs and services to support the social and emotional well-being of students, families and community members, to include behavioral health evaluations, testing and treatments; workshops to train students, parents and teachers; and prevention programs, such as anti-bullying.

“This partnership is absolutely essential … essential for our children,” Inouye said. “We have to teach them to get together. We have to have our civilian children realize the pain that some of these military children have.

“I commend Tripler, Queen’s and the (DOE) for holding hands and making a partnership that will work,” Inouye added. “It is in our nation’s best interest and our community’s best interest.”

More photos
• www.flickr.com/TriplerAMC,
• www.flickr.com/photos/TriplerAMC/sets/72157631215346886.

Tags: , , , ,

Category: Army Community Covenant, Health, Leadership, News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *